5 best L'Oreal skincare products

Have you noticed I don’t talk a lot about L’Oreal skincare?

I can’t live without their shampoos, but their whole skincare offering leaves me meh. Truth be told, I haven’t paid much attention to it in years.

So, what changed?

You keep asking me about it! I get it, who doesn’t love a good bargain? šŸ˜‰

L’Oreal doesn’t have many of those. But there are still a few that are worth checking out if you’re on a budget.

Curious to know which ones I’m talking about? Here are the best L’Oreal skincare products:

Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof ($9.99)

You know how I always say you can’t use micellar waters as makeup removers? L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser is the exception to the rule. It removes EVERYTHING: dirt, makeup, waterproof mascaras… and without pulling at your skin or rubbing your eyes. The best part? It doesn’t leave skin feeling tight. If you want a cleanser/makeup remover that gets the job done quickly before bed, this is it.

Available at: Walmart

Related: How Do Micellar Waters Work?

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Detox & Brighten Clay Mask ($12.99)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to spend a lot on money on clay masks. If you too look for them at the drugstore, check out L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask. It’s loaded with kaolin and montmorillonite, two types of clays that absorb excess oil and other impurities. No, that doesn’t mean it can detoxify skin. It just soaks up all the excess sebum so your skin doesn’t look like a shiny frying pan all the time. I just wish L’Oreal got rid of the fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, that’s bad news for you. (P.S. If your skin isn’t oily, you DON’T need clay masks).

Available at: Feel Unique and Ulta

Related: What’s The Best Type Of Mask For Your Skin Type?

Pure Clay Mask Clarify & Smooth ($12.99)

If your skin is combo and you’d like a clay mask that soaks up the excess sebum on your t-zone without drying out your skin all over, Pure Clay Mask Clarify & Smooth is for you. It still has a big dollop of kaolin but little montmorellonite so it doesn’t absorb too much oil (you still need to leave some behind to moisturise skin). Plus, it’s loaded with glycerin, a moisture magnet that hydrates your skin while the clay does its oil-absorbing job. The result? Matte, soft skin.

Available at: Walmart

Related: How To Care For Combination Skin

Revitalift Cicacream Anti-Wrinkle + Skin Barrier Repair ($17.99)

If you ask me, L’Oreal Revitalift Cicacream Anti-Wrinkle + Skin Barrier Repair should drop the first part of its name. It does NOTHING for wrinkles. Ok, it has retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A with antioxidant properties. But it’s so weak, it’s not worth using it – unless you have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate any other form of vitamin A. Instead, the cream does help repair your broken skin’s barrier. It uses a bunch of oils and butters – sesame, shea and cacao – fully of fatty acids that can patch up the holes in your protective barrier and make it whole – and able to withstand environmental and germs aggressions – again. It’s fragrance-free, too. If you have sensitive or dry, damaged skin, it’s worth a try.

Available at: Walmart

Related: What Form Of Vitamin A Is Right For You?

Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Golden Balm Face/Neck/Chest ($19.99)

Let’s be honest here. Drugstore skincare is cheap for a reason: the brand’s cutting corners somewhere. Indie brands like The Ordinary cut corners on marketing (they rely on word of mouth), but big companies like L’Oreal skimp on ingredients. Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Golden Balm Face/Neck/Chest is just a simple blend of glycerin, mineral oil and shea butter with the tiniest sprinkle of antioxidants thrown in for good measure. I’m not hating on mineral oil. On the contrary, it’s one of the most moisturising things you can put on your skin. And nope, it’s NOT toxic and it WON’T give you cancer. Instead, the cream is going to moisturize dry skin and plump up wrinkles so they look smaller. But don’t expect anything more than that. FYI, you can use any cream on your neck and chest too. Just saying.

Available at: Walmart

Related: Is Mineral Oil Bad For Skin?